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THE BRANDON BEEMER INTERVIEW – THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

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MICHAEL:
There were rumors for awhile that you were going to be on “B&B” way before you signed on the dotted line to play Owen Knight , correct?

BRANDON:
There was a rumor at the beginning, and the funny thing is, there was no truth to the rumor. Then later on, I got a phone call and they asked me to test, about two and half months after the original rumor came out. They asked me to test and I did. I lost that particular role to Texas Battle (Marcus), and then they offered me another role.

MICHAEL:
And there were a few more shows that were rumored to be courting you, too!

BRANDON:
I was rumored to be on every show on daytime, “GH”, “OLTL”…

MICHAEL:
How long has it been since you first stepped foot on the “B&B” set?

BRANDON:
I started the week before last, and I worked a few episodes. Then we went on a two- week break and I come back next week pretty strong.

MICHAEL:
What do you know about your new character?

BRANDON:
He is no relation to anyone on the show, which makes the possibilities pretty endless. I think he has an agenda, but as I have said, everyone has an agenda. I think he is going to be fun to play because he is going to be mysterious.

MICHAEL:
Sounds like he will be a lot different than your last role, as Shawn Brady on “DAYS”.

BRANDON:
He will be the complete opposite of Shawn on “Days”, and I am excited about it. It’s a challenge and it’s totally opposite of something I have been doing for so long. I always enjoy a good challenge.

MICHAEL:
But I am sure you will be paired up with a beautiful woman, or women, on “B&B”. Any clues as to whom you may be romantically linked with on the show?

BRANDON:
Let’s just say the possibilities are endless, and I am not complaining. I think I am in a good position.

MICHAEL:
How does working on “B&B” and at CBS, differ from your first assessment working on “DAYS” and at NBC?

BRANDON:
I got a really friendly vibe at “B&B”. They run a very tight ship. I am happy with everything there, and I am going to enjoy it a lot. So, it’s going to be a great adventure.

MICHAEL:
Had you met Texas Battle before your “B&B” experience?

BRANDON:
No, I have never met him. We ended up testing for the same role. He ended up booking the role, and then I got a different role. We were both out one night at a birthday party and we ran into each other, and we hit it off. He is a lot of fun, and a good guy.

MICHAEL:
Who have you had scenes with thus far on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
So far, I have worked with Texas Battle and Jennifer Gareis (Donna). Jennifer is a sweet and talented actress. That’s it so far. You will be able to add to that roster in a week! I will be working with Lesli Kay (Felicia) a lot next week. Coming up, I will also be working with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffi).

MICHAEL:
Have you been in touch with your former partners in crime at “DAYS”?

BRANDON:
I talk to them all, and we went to the Emmy Nominee reception the other day. I got a lot of phone calls from them congratulating me, when I went over to “B&B”. I think they are very happy with me. All of them are great, and I wish them all the best.

MICHAEL:
Have you stayed in touch with your former co-star, Martha Madison (Ex-Belle, “DAYS”)?

BRANDON:
I have spoken to her a few times, and I see her at the gym now and then. She is good. I think she is doing really well.

MICHAEL:
What has your girlfriend, Nadia Bjorlin’s (Chloe, “DAYS”) response been to your new acting move to “B&B”?

BRANDON:
She is excited, and she will watch and become a big fan of “B&B”!

MICHAEL:
Since both of you are soap actors, do you critique each other’s work when you are together?

BRANDON:
We don’t really critique each other’s work. We just tell each other if it doesn’t ring true. We don’t try to direct each other about our work, or critique each other, because we see each other in a completely different light. And, if you can fool somebody you know so well, then it’s a good thing and you are doing a good job.

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier for your personal relationship with Nadia, being on two separate soaps, or do you think it may have been better being on the same show?

BRANDON:
I don’t know yet. But, it was great working on the same show with Nadia, and its great working on a different show or opposite show. Now at least, we have stories to tell each other when we see each other, as opposed to working on the same show where we both already know what occurred.

MICHAEL:
Brandon, what happened to your website? Fans want to know!

BRANDON:
I am in the process of trying to get a new website up. I apologize to all the people out there that have gone to www.brandonbeemer.com and seen it has not been updated in a very long time. I actually lost access to the website, but now I finally got access back to it, so I will update it as soon as I can.

MICHAEL:
When you are out and about in public, do people still yell, “Shawn”?

BRANDON:
A lot of people yell, “Shawn” or “DAYS”, but that will change. They will say “B&B” now… so tune in!

MICHAEL:
Did Brad Bell (exec prod and head writer “B&B”), tell you a lot about the role of Owen before you took it on?

BRANDON:
He gave me enough background for what I needed to create something. So, with the character being so mysterious, it’s almost kind of fun that we can create as we go. With Shawn, you could not create as you go. Brad gave me the job as the actor to fill in all the pieces and background of the character. I love that the possibilities are endless

MICHAEL:
Well, there has to be something up Brad Bell’s sleeve…you must have some big reveal coming at some point.

BRANDON:
Let’s just say you will find out. I think we will be in for a surprise.

MICHAEL:
Can your fans expect you to be staying on “B&B” for awhile?

BRANDON:
I hope I will be on the show for awhile. I signed a three-year contract with them. I hope they like my work, and everything works out and I stay awhile.

MICHAEL:
Is doing soaps a good “fit” for you?

BRANDON:
I love daytime! I have a lot of respect for it and it’s the hardest work I have done in my life! It’s such a challenge everyday, and the payoff is great. To look back and know that you did that, with the amount of time and dialog you had to do and how fast it moved, is a great feeling of accomplishment.

MICHAEL:
What do you think we can say to fans? “Look forward to Owen Knight……”

BRANDON:
Owen Knight is going to be coming to LA and causing some trouble.

MICHAEL:
Your character was originally named Owen Hart. Then it was abruptly changed. Was this because of the fact that Owen Hart was the famous wrestler who fell to his death a few years back in the WWE, in a freak accident? Did Brad know this?

BRANDON:
I know Owen Hart died. I can’t believe that…. like 80 feet above the ring. I remembered Owen Hart, because his brother was Bret, “The Hitman” Hart. He came from a family of wrestlers. When I heard the name, I went “Owen Hart?” Actually, Brad said it and I went, “Owen Hart. I know that name”. I called him up and told him, that’s a wrestler! Brad loved the name, but because he was a wrestler, it was a bit too much. Owen Knight is kind of cool.

MICHAEL:
What are people telling you they think is going to be your prospective storyline? What are they saying?

BRANDON:
I keep getting people saying that they want me to be related to Ronn Moss (Ridge). I could be Ronn Moss’s aborted son… that Ronn impregnated some woman years ago and she got an abortion years ago, but she really never did. I am the bastard Forrester. People say to me, “I hope you are going to be related to Ronn Moss, because you guys have a very similar look and very chiseled faces.” I go, “Well, I don’t know, but my last name is Knight, but used to be Hart.” (He laughs)

MICHAEL:
Do you think it’s easier or harder stepping into a role as a recast, or to create something from scratch, which you are getting to do now on “B&B”?

BRANDON:
I don’t know. Sometimes, when you are not related to the family on a soap, it’s harder because you have no roots. Then, some people say its better to not be related. I think being a recast is much harder. At “DAYS” with Shawn, I had to learn everything of the history of the Brady’s. With this new character on “B&B”, I assume this character would not know too much of the history of the Forrester’s. I have to make it all up on my own.

MICHAEL:
How interesting, that both former Shawn’s on “DAYS”, yourself and Jason Cook, both landed new roles on different soaps within a matter of days and will be making your first appearances on them starting this summer.

BRANDON:
I love that Jason Cook and I landed new roles at the same time. I don’t get to see him too often.

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Y&R’s Sharon Case, Mark Grossman & Jordi Vilasuso Talk Love and Betrayal in the Rey/Sharon/Adam Triangle

This week on The Young and the Restless, Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam’s (Mark Grossman) kiss took centerstage and went viral when a photo of the passionate moment was seen by Sharon’s husband, Rey (Jordi Vilasuso), and fiancée Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), and many more citizens of Genoa City!

That moment looks to be a game-changer.  Now what will Rey do? Will he continue to try to salvage his marriage to Sharon? Will wheelchair bound Chelsea, hatch a plan to payback Adam and Sharon? Will Adam and Sharon meet up for some dangerous liaisons? There’s so much to this story left to play out.

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In a new interview on The Michael Fairman Channel, Sharon Case, Mark Grossman and Jordi Vilasuso chatted candidly about their on-screen love triangle and more including: what happened when Mark auditioned for the key role of Adam, the character of Sharon’s battle with breast cancer, and who Sharon feels is Sharon Newman’s true love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam? Plus, the trio share their reactions to the news that their castmate, Sasha Calle (Lola) was tapped as the first Latina ‘Supergirl’ in the upcoming DC Universe film, The Flash.

During the conversation, Vilasuso said Rey was not blindsided by Adam and Sharon’s ongoing attraction: “Rey’s known for a long time, c’mon!  I had somebody on Twitter post all the videos on how long I’ve known about Adam and Sharon. (Laughs)  I had still had a beard on the show back then!  What’s he going to do?  I think this Adam sickness, this addiction, this pathology that he has, I think Rey hopes he can just arrest him and he will just go away for ever.  That’s playing in the back of my mind, like, ‘there’s no way Adam can keep up this behavior for much longer’.  Rey is crazy about Sharon. T here’s also some ego involved here, too of, ‘I got to be the guy here.  I can’t lose to this guy’.  But man, does Rey have a threshold for dealing with this stuff.  Remember, his (ex) wife had sex with his brother, and then she did it again, and now they are having a child together… and Rey was still able to move on.”

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Case clarified from her previous 25th anniversary interview with Fairman, just who is Sharon Newman’s ultimate love, Nick (Joshua Morrow) or Adam?  Case had stated Adam.  The actress explained:  “When you think about what the character’s have been through, the history of The Young and the Restless, how stories are usually told – and what I mean by all that is Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor (Eric Braeden) have always been the “It” couple of the history of Y&R and they are very different.  They actually remind me more of Adam and Sharon then Nick and Sharon.  Nick turned out more to be the good son, while Adam was more in the image of his father, and it would be the obvious choice to guess that Nick and Sharon would be endgame.  I think soaps try to not go in the obvious way.  The two men that she has been married to, and were the biggest loves of her life, and both Victor’s kids, choosing between those that is why I said what I said, and why I think that’s true.  Sharon and Adam don’t have all of the pain, that Sharon and Nick have had from multiple cheatings and a loss of a child which is very hard for a couple to ever get past that.   I also think that Sharon and Nick are sort of together now anyways as co-parents and are such good friends.  They have a new relationship – they are not together in a romantic way – but their relationship is really great now and very full for what it is.”

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Grossman shared that knowing Chelsea has a history of being con-artist, that she could potentially pull some stunts on Adam and Sharon to keep them apart:  “That’s always in the back of his mind.  You know, maybe she will start to con Adam and maybe he might pick up on it, maybe he doesn’t pick up on it, but obviously it’s a really sad situation that Adam is in.  There’s a lot going on in Adam’s life. It’s unfortunate that Connor (his son) is not there as he is off to boarding school, and then Adam wasn’t there because he went to Sharon’s wedding to peek his head in, and Chelsea had her stroke.  So there’s a lot of guilt there.  I think it’s really frustrating to him that he can’t have a conversation with this woman – who is his fiancée – and this is his fault and he caused all this.  But there’s always the underlying pull from Sharon, and after they kiss there are a lot of conflicted feelings there.”

Watch the entire interview with Sharon, Mark and Jordi below.

Now weigh-in: Are you Team Rey or Team Adam? Who do you want Sharon to ultimately wind up with? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section.

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Catherine Hickland Talks On ‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’, One Life to Live, and the Heartbreaking Deaths of Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) along with many of her former co-stars, and actors from All My Children and General Hospital, will be taking part in tonight’s ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway livestream benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which begins at 8 pm EST.  You can watch it here.

Ahead of the event, Catherine chatted with Michael Fairman exclusively for the Michael Fairman Channel from her home in Las Vegas; where she discussed being part of the live musical benefit that was originally created back in 2005 and lasted till 2011 as a one night only live event called: ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares.  Now 10 years later, the actors will revisit their performances as their production numbers from the past are part of the 2021 livestream to help those in need that have been hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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During the conversation with Fairman, Hickland also talks on her lengthy soap opera career where she not only appeared on OLTL, but Loving/The City, Capitol, and Texas, as well. 

On a highlight, Catherine recalls playing One Life’s Lindsay and her ongoing on-screen feud with Nora Buchanan played by Hillary B. Smith.  She also speaks on her marriage to her former husband, Michael E. Knight (Ex-Tad, AMC, now Martin, GH) and working in the daytime genre and then at one time getting burnt out.

Hickland, who is now married to Todd Fisher, opened up about the devastating loss of her mother-in-law, Debbie Reynolds, and her sister-in-law, Carrie Fisher, just one day a part back in 2017, and how the couple dealt with this tragedy.  The real-life duo now host, “Cat and Todd Live” on Facebook each week.

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In addition Catherine will be participating in ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’s Virtual One-on-One Meet and Greets with the stars on Saturday, February 13th.  For info on how to participate click here.

To make a donation to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS click here.  With a screenshot of your donation, you can enter a chance to win either “Star Wars” or Debbie Reynolds memorabilia as detailed by Catherine in this interview.

Watch Catherine’s conversation below.

Then let us know, if you loved the Lindsay/Nora feud on One Life? If you watched the livestream of ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway? And, what was your favorite part of the interview with Catherine via the comment section.

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Linda Dano Talks Taking On DAYS Vivian, Heartfelt Memories of Another World & Felicia Gallant, One Life to Live, Winning a Daytime Emmy & More

Currently, daytime fans are getting to see one of the most beloved actress in the history of the soap genre, Linda Dano, on NBC’s Days of our Lives in the role of the villainess Vivian Alamain.

Dano is taking on the part originally made soap-famous by Louise Sorel, and last played by Robin Strasser. Now it’s Dano’s turn to bring her own style to the role as viewers have witnessed that Vivian has kidnapped Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani’s (Sal Stowers) twins, thanks to Viv’s sidekick, Ivan (Ivan G’Vera), and the story and all the drama continues this week.

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In a very special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Linda chats with Michael about the challenges she faced stepping into Vivian’s shoes, and working with the cast and crew at DAYS.

 

Linda also shares her sorrow over the heartbreaking cancellation, and then taping final episode of Another World, where she played her signature soap role of Felicia Gallant for 18 years.  During her run, Dano won the Outstanding Lead Actress Daytime Emmy in 1993 for Felicia’s battle with alcoholism, which as she reveals she is still stopped on the street about to this day.

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Soap fans will recall that Dano is the only actress to crossover to all of the ABC daytime dramas when she returned to One Life to Live, (following her time on Another World), in the part of Gretel “Rae” Cummings, and we learned that Rae was the bio-mother of Skye Chandler, played by Robin Christopher.

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Throughout her career, Dano also appeared on Guiding Light and As the World Turns, hosted the talk show, Attitudes and is known as one of the fashionable people in the business.  Linda formerly helped dress many of your favorite soap stars, wrote a book on having just the right look, and is always on the cutting edge of the fashion world.

As you will see, the conversation was poignant, humorous, and candid, but what else would you expect from the one and only Linda Dano?  You can watch the full chat below.

What have you thought of Linda’s portrayal of DAYS Vivian thus far? Was your favorite soap role of Linda’s … that of AW’s Felicia Gallant? What story that she shared in the conversation did you enjoy hearing about the most?  Let us know via the comment section.

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